How To Mitigate A Serious Malware Threat?

A malware security breach is something that we commonly hear about. But what is it actually and why the fuss? Well, malware is actually a type of software that unethical hackers use to gain a forced entry in a network system and then exploit the data to extort money. There’s so much written and said about the malware threat because hackers keep launching potentially lethal and more advanced malware mutants that are hard to detect and harder to stop. Which is why you need to adopt multiple anti-malware strategies to reduce the risk of a full-fledged cyberattack on your company. The best techniques to do so include the following.

  1. Begin With The Password

The backdoor password of all IoT devices should be strong and unpredictable. In strength, anything between 12-20 characters is good. But, what makes a password most useful is its complexity and uniqueness.

  • Make sure that the password is a combination of letters, symbols, and numbers.
  • Make sure it doesn’t include randoms like 123 or 1234. It makes a password weak and more predictable.
  • Make sure you complicated simple words as well. For example, ‘cat’ can become 3@t and ‘dog’ can become 40G, and so on.
  1. Follow Filter Protection

Let’s begin with the 2 basic filters – a firewall and an antivirus.

Keep everything on the web, every single software application, behind the firewall. It comes next to the backdoor password and is a virtual wall that keeps hackers out of the direct contact with your IoT devices.

Next comes the antivirus. Useful antivirus software can:

  • Recognize emails that contain virus attachments.
  • Recognize virus laced external devices.
  1. Implement Network Segmentation Technique

Network segmentation is one curious case where you need to divide your company’s information into different parts and store bits and pieces of that information in multiple isolated networks. In other words, the aim of network segmentation is to store information in many networks, not just one. Benefits?

  • Hackers cannot attack all the networks at once.
  • Response team gets extra time to limit the malware spread.
  • The damage is limited since hackers do not get to lay hands on all the information.
  1. Use Scanning Tools For Debugging

Did you know all software types – including firewalls and antiviruses – have bugs? Well, clearly, it is, therefore, important that you run testing scans to keep your network and cloud storage free of bugs. You can adopt the following ways to do so.

  • Run network testing scans.
  • Install software updates.
  • Hire ethical hackers.

Ofer Tadd

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